Bump update breaks iTunes sharing at Apple’s (music biz’s?) request

By , Apr 11, 2013

If you use Bump, a cross-platform app for sharing photos, contacts, music and more between different devices, you may want to pass on today’s update as it’s removed the handy ability to share songs from your iTunes library.

“We’re sorry, but we are no longer permitted access to iTunes audio files on the device,” release notes accompanying the download read. In removing access to iTunes audio files in the file sharing section, Bump didn’t just appease to Apple, it’s also a little less useful now…

The only way to keep this handy feature is to avoid updating to a new version.

If you’re jailbroken, just use Update Hider to prevent Bump updates from showing up in the App Store to avoid an accidental update. It may also be a good idea to back up the old Bump version should you ever accidentally update.

Bump version 3.5.8, a free download from the App Store, also contains the obligatory “bug fixes and performance improvements.”

This is another proof that Apple very much wants to remain in tight control of what users do with songs in their iTunes library.

What I’d love to know is whether this is purely the whim of the control-freaky Apple or a concession the company willfully accepts in order to appease to the entertainment industry.

I think it’s the latter and here’s why.

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Bump before (left) and after the change (right). Screenies via 9to5Mac.

Not that long ago, iTunes used to host only 720p movies.

It was said at the time Hollywood was refusing to upgrade iTunes movies to 1080p until both Apple hardware and software adopted copy-protection features. Indeed, later on Apple’s Macs via Intel chips added digital copy protection at the silicon level. And soon after, the firm refreshed its entire lineup with the then new DisplayPort video interconnect.

In addition to DisplayPort Content Protection (DPCP) tech, DisplayPort also enabled industry-standard 56-bit high-bandwidth digital content protection (HDCP) designed to prevent copying of digital audio and video content as it travels across connections.

Apple also killed component video output from the first-generation Apple TV in favor of HDMI on the second and third-generation. HDMI, you guessed right, also incorporates HDCP.

As a result of these changes, Apple’s devices are now a secure end-to-end media ecosystem. Only then did the entertainment industry sign off on 1080p iTunes content.

iTunes HDCP warning

If you don’t believe me, try copying a purchased iTunes movie on an external drive and play it on another machine. Thanks to Apple’s FairPlay digital-rights management technology – again, adopted at the request of the big boys – the movie won’t play unless the target system is authorized with the same iTunes account used to purchase your media.

Moreover, any attempt to play iTunes-purchased movies on an analog display fails, saying your content can only be played on displays that support HDCP.

Is it then any surprise that Apple asked Bump to kill sharing of iTunes songs?

Welcome to the DRM world, folks!

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  • Mohammad Ridwan

    Gettin’ real tired of your shit, Apple…

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

      I don’t think Apple has much to do with this decision. If I had to take a guess, I’d say the music industry asked for it

      • Mohammad Ridwan

        Ya.. I know..

      • Falk M.

        It’s Apple giving in, that’s what it is.
        Nobody has any legal grounds to force Apple to disable this.

        Apple got asked and they made it happen.

    • http://www.facebook.com/saeed.ghattas.5 Saeed Ghattas

      What does that has to do with apple!?

      • bigzjoseph

        they allow it to happened

      • http://www.facebook.com/saeed.ghattas.5 Saeed Ghattas

        No they are not

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      the most powerful folks tend to do the most shit

      • Kurt

        So true

  • Latrese

    Minds have to wonder how long apple can stay on top with these practices. I’m gonna keep investing cause they’re build quality is unmatched,but if the jailbreaks stop coming so will my money…

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      THEY WILL FALL BUT IT WILL TAKE A LOOOOONG TIME SINCE NO COMPANY JIS REALLU BRAVE ENOUGH TO COMPETE PROPERLY

      • Kurt

        iPhone 5 is free here and has been since January. I’m sure in other countries too. But it’s still very popular in America

  • http://twitter.com/aidanharris1 ✪ aidan harris ✪

    One word Airblue Sharing. Okay that’s technically two words but nonetheless it does far more than bump has ever done or will ever do…

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    LOL/….. NICE TRY CORPORATION MUT I STILL HAEV ALL THE MUSIC AND MOVIES I COULD EVER WANT …

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000061961790 Ian Jackson

      WHY ARE WE TYPING IN CAPS LOCK

  • http://www.facebook.com/Makavelli.1 Joseph A. Ahmad

    Apple’s cutting deals with Record companies for sure, and, it may have been brought up in conversation with talks over iRadio with the labels as well.

  • Mohammed Sahib

    Android users can share any file through Bluetooth I wonder why the music industry is just squeezing iOS users. Conclusion: it IS apple’s fault.

    • Gekko

      They are squeezing Apple because they have the iTunes Store, and Android does not.

      • http://twitter.com/YzMENTALzY YzMENTALzY

        Andoid have google music dont they? So apple is at fault for this

      • Mohammed Sahib

        Thank you.

  • http://twitter.com/warrenskipper Warren Skipper

    Thanks for the heads-up! I definitely won’t update. I didn’t realize Update Hider worked on iOS 6.

  • regkilla

    Found Bump v3.5.7. Screw you greedy music record companies!

  • http://twitter.com/burlow burlow

    just use song express – you can email any song in your ipod music library to anyone.
    (there is a 10MB file size limit for some reason, but the majority of songs fall beneath this).

  • BHoenes

    Could someone educate me on the legality of sharing (bumping, bluetoothing etc.) songs to another person’s phone please?

    I’ve been told that if I bought a physical album, ripped it to my computer, then lent it to my friend so that he could rip it to his computer, then I’m in breach of some copyright regulation or another…

    If the above is true, then how can bluetoothing someone else a song be legal?

    • keivin1

      It is only illegal if someone is profiteering from sharing music, from my perspective everyone is free to share music if they purchased the rights. It’s called EULA

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Markieze-Anthony-Mitchell/768663899 Markieze Anthony Mitchell

    Wow apple….. thoughts and ideas from you guys is why I continue to jailbreak and enjoy my jailbroken phone.